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The Boat in the Field by Ilan Averbuch

The Boat in the Field
by artist Ilan Averbuch
M.L. “Red” Trabue Nature Reserve

date commissioned:
2022

address:
Entrances at 6835 Avery-Muirfield Dr. & 6566 Post Rd.Dublin, Ohio

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614-368-6999 | Stop 22

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Ilan Averbuch was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and currently of Long Island City, N.Y. A sculptor of international acclaim, his cultural experiences are deeply rooted into his creative process. Averbuch was selected for this commission from a grouping of 151 applicants from 33 states. He has been awarded nine major commissions in the past five years.

The nature reserve was named for “Red” Trabue, a Dublin naturalist, journalist, television pioneer and avid fisherman. The sculpture consists of the 25-foot-tall stone skeletal structure of a boat, seemingly to defy gravity as it hovers in the air near the reserve’s pond. Averbuch incorporates steel, limestone, and recycled granite. The granite is recycled from the steps of St. John Cathedral in Cleveland.

The granite was delivered to Averbuch’s studio, where he cut it to fit the newly formed steel structure of the sculpture. “My work involves the recycling of images and materials moving from one time span to another.”

Averbuch was selected for this commission from a grouping of 151 applicants from 33 states. He has been awarded nine major commissions in the past five years. 

 

Read the announcement about the award here.

View Averbuch’s initial proposal presentation here.

M.L. Red Trabue Nature Reserve

M.L. Red Trabue Nature Preserve is destination for any outdoor enthusiast. Walk its boardwalk to find fishing, scenic views and benches for relaxing day out. Keep an eye out for several species of birds and other wildlife like frogs and salamanders. This park is also home to the Fleming Cabin built in 1865.

Park amenities include:

  • Fishing

  • Historical features 

  • Nature area

  • Recreation and walking paths 

M.L. Red Trabue Nature Reserve
Hand-made boats

Create your own Boat in the Field!

Growing up artist Ilan Averbuch spent his days making little boats from pine bark. He loved the idea of creating shapes and assembling them. His fascination continued into adulthood and he now creates sculptures with materials like steel and granite. 

A guide to making your own paper boat

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